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T he foundations for the
sewage treatment plant
are near completion. They are
being built by the company MNO
Vervat at the LVV site. When
complete, the target is March
2011, sewage waste from the prop-
erties along the "Hotel Row" and
Kralendijk, now being deposited
into cesspits that eventually leach
wastewater into the sea, will be
taken by tank trucks to the sewage
plant to be turned into agricultural
The nutrients in the waste, help-
ful to land plants, encourage algae
growth that inhibits coral repro-
duction. The action is applauded
by reef conservationists who con-
sider it long overdue.

)Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) and Royal Dutch airline
KLM has expanded their exist-
ing cooperation as of December
1 on the new DAE destinations
and continue their transfer service
to passengers. According to a DAE
release, from December 1 passen-
gers with a KLM ticket can also
fly to all DAE destinations in
Venezuela, Colombia and Panama
"comfortably and quickly" on one
ticket and with automatic baggage
transfer via a transfer to DAE hub
Curagao, as well as Aruba, Bon-
aire and St.Maarten.

,Curacao businessman Ar-
nold Leonora became the new
owner and CEO of Dutch Antil-
les Express (DAE) on Thursday,
December 9. He bought all DAE
airline operations from Niek Sand-
mann, who has decided to focus on
real estate. Former director of

DAE, Floris van Pallandt, said he
would remain as an advisor to the
new CEO for the time being.
Leonora was born in Curagao
and studied Airline Business Ad-
ministration, Management and
Finance. He said his short term
plans call for an immediate fleet
replacement program, the removal
of some unprofitable and marginal
routes and activities and ensuring
the continued and increasing em-
ployment of DAE's 150 employ-
ees. The airline will keep the name
DAE, but will launch a new Web-

)Continental Airlines will be
flying twice a week from Newark
to Curacao on Wednesdays and
Saturday, starting December 18.
This flight might prove to be a
good alternative for those wanting
to extend their Bonaire vacation
and use the regular Continental
Saturday Bonaire non-stop,

"Dutch airline ArkeFly will
add a second weekly flight from
Schiphol to Bonaire beginning in
April 2011 on Thursdays. The
flight will be flown with a 767-
300, according to Radio Nether-
lands. "More than 23,000 Dutch
tourists visited Bonaire the past
year," Director Ronella Tjin Asjoe
-Croes of the Tourism Corporation
Bonaire (TCB) said. This flight
should help increase the number.

)Dutch sailing teen 14-year
old Laura Dekker is currently
on her way to the Caribbean
hoping to make landfall in St.
Maarten. A stop in Bonaire is in
her plans.
Dekker 's website that she was at

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About 25% ofBonaire's population consists of immigrants.-
2008 Civil Registry (Bevolking) figures.

)The Party for Justice and Unity (Partido pro Hustisia &
Union -PHU) has filed a lawsuit in order to force the
government to grant voting rights for local elections to
immigrants who have had legal residence in Bonaire, Saba or
Statia for five years or more.
There are two main reasons why the case was filed:
1. Immigrants in the European Netherlands have long been
allowed to vote in municipal elections. Our Island Government
has a status equal to a City Council, yet immigrants in the BES
islands were specifically excluded from voting by the Dutch
parliament. According to the PHU that was wrong.
2.Immigrants work and pay taxes in Bonaire, just like Caribbean
and European Dutch citizens. Government actions affect them
and their children as well as Dutch citizens. They should have

representation in government.

a distance of 2,200 nautical miles
from her goal hoping to arrive in
three weeks. Dekker hopes to
become the youngest person to
circumnavigate the world single-
handedly. Initially, her attempt
was blocked by a Dutch court
which ruled she was too young
to make the journey.

)Last week a freighter of the
CAA / shipping line was
"arrested" and held on Bon-
aire. The ship did not meet the
minimum requirements of inter-
national law for construction,
safety, crew and environment.
To ensure that the ship could not
go to sea, the Shipping Inspec-
torate ship chained the vessel to
the dock. But the chain was cut
and the vessel disappeared.
According to the certificates of
the ship it was sailing under a

Bolivian flag. However, Boliv-
ian authorities indicated that the
vessel is not registered under
their flag. The ship was reported
to international maritime agen-
cies and investigation continues.

"Ronella Tjin
will be leaving
her job as the
Director of the
Tourism Cor-
poration Bonaire at the end of
this year. In the five years she's
been in the job significant im-
provements were made in attract-
ing visitors to Bonaire. Born on
Aruba, she returns to her home to
take the job as CEO of the Aruba
Tourism Authority. Perhaps the
most significant accomplishment
of her tenure was increasing

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New Prison on Bonaire
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2, the new
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tion of 48
new tem- lhe head oJ the new prison,
porary jail Patricia Hassell
cells. The
next day
the prison was open to the public for viewing. The opening
was attended by elected officials, those in the judicial ser-
vice, interested parties and featured speeches by Mrs.
Dinesh ten Hoorn Boer (Director-General Department of
Security and Justice), Mr Peter van de Sande (Head DJI),
prison head, Patricia Hassell and Lt. Gov. Glenn Thod6.

The Dutch Custodial Institutions Service is preparing new
buildings in Bonaire and St. Eustatius to meet international
standards and will bring the prison capacity to 125 cells.
Since the new prison will take several years to complete
the temporary facility was built and will be increased to 76
An important aim is to raise the quality of the facility,
focusing in particular on education and employment. 0
Press release/L.D.

Jail Cell Not a bad place to visit, but you definitely wouldn't want
to live there!

F riday, Decem-
ber 17, is the day
set for Bonaire residents
holding Dutch citizen-
ship to say Yes or No to
the deal struck with the
Dutch Central government by its elected
officials. They agreed to integrate Bon-
aire into The Netherlands as a "special
But try as they could our reporters
could not get the leaders of any of the
political parties who were signatories
of the agreements to endorse a YES
choice. There are several prominent
citizens and elected officials who are
recommending NO and others who are
counseling avoiding the Referendum
altogether. The newly minted PHU Party
advises, "This referendum is infected.
Do not vote. Stay home, drink a beer, do
what you want. But DO NOT VOTE."
At least 50% of the eligible voters,
which includes inmates of the jail, but
not non-Dutch residents, must show up
at the polls for the result to be valid.
However, no matter what the out-
come, the result cannot directly
change the deal already struck If the
vote is NO, its supporters want a binding
Referendum in short order.
The heart of dissatisfaction seems to in
the lack of transparency of the negotia-
tions leading to the final agreement.
Some divisive issues include the accep-
tance of Dutch laws on same-sex mar-
riage, abortion, as well as the perception
that BES Dutch Islanders have an infe-
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Dedicado a Servir Committed to Serve
Spanish Version Chief Surneon- Ciruiano Princi al at San Francisco Hosital English Version

" brar con lealtad y entrega al
servicio de alguien o algo"
es la mejor definici6n que se podria
dar de servir. Siendo que esta acci6n
implica responsabilidad y dedicaci6n
total a la ejecuci6n de una tarea es-
pecifica, no siempre es facil encon-
trar personas dedicadas a esta labor. ....
Sin embargo, somos privilegiados de
tener en nuestro medio una persona
cuyo lema de vida es 6ste.
"Me siento feliz de poder tener la
oportunidad de servir en Bonaire"
fueron las palabras del Dr. Miguel
A. Gonzalez, cirujano principal/
senior del Hospital San Francisco.
El Dr. Gonzalez, originario de la
ciudad de Barquisimeto, Venezuela,
realize sus studios universitarios en
la Universidad de Los Andes (ULA),
donde obtuvo el titulo de M6dico
General. Al terminar sus studios,
comenz6 a ejercer su profesi6n en el
Hospital Adventista de Venezuela,
donde despu6s de haber realizado Dr. Migu,
studios de postgrado en Cirugia en
la Universidad Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA), Venezuela; ejerci6 tambi6n la funci6n
de M6dico Cirujano. Ademis, ha prestado sus servicios en la Clinica Costa Ortiz,
donde fue coordinator de emergencies por cinco aios, y cirujano especialista duran-
te 30 afios. El Hospital de Seguro Social "Dr. Pastor Oropeza", la Cruz Roja Vene-
zolana, y el Hospital Universitario "Dr. Antonio Maria Pineda", todos con sede en
Barquisimeto, tambi6n tuvieron la oportunidad de contar con sus servicios.
En su formaci6n como cirujano reconoce como una bendici6n de Dios poder cre-
cer bajo la sombra de dos maestros que fueron guia e inspiraci6n: el Dr. Daniel
Gonzalez Sanchez (tio, professor de la UCLA, Barquisimeto, Venezuela, y fundador
del Hospital Adventista de Venezuela), y el Dr. Antonio Rodriguez Cirimelle
professorr de cirugia y con el titulo de "Bisturi de Oro" en Venezuela).
El afio 1992 el Dr. Gonzalez curs6 studios de postgrado, especificamente en el
area de laparoscopia, en el Hospital Adventista Bella Vista, Puerto Rico. Al regresar
de dicha preparaci6n, se pudo inaugurar el servicio de cirugia laparosc6pica y en-
doscopia gastrointestinal en el Hospital Adventista de Venezuela. Esta inauguraci6n
fue de gran relevancia, ya que fue el primer Hospital en Barquisimeto en comenzar a
ofrecer el servicio de cirugia abdominal por laparosc6pia.
Seguidamente en 1993 fue seleccionado por empresa privada a realizar entrena-
miento de diversas patologias por laparoscopia en el Hospital Bautista de Miami
Florida. USA.
Con treinta y tres afios de experiencia, el doctor Gonzalez se siente dichoso de
poder prestar sus servicios en la isla de Bonaire, donde comenz6 a laborar desde el
14 de Diciembre del afo 2008 despu6s de haber tenido una reuni6n con la directive
del hospital y haber acordado hacer una suplencia de un mes. Pero este plan se fue
modificando hasta quedarse de manera definida. "Estoy aqui por la gracia de Dios,
ya que tenia planes de ir a trabajar en otro lugar, pero Dios tenia otros planes para
mi, y me siento feliz de poder servir donde 61 consider que es mejor hacerlo. Mu-
chas personas me han preguntado c6mo llegu6 a este lugar, pero mi respuesta siem-
pre ha sido: Por la gracia de Dios".
"La experiencia en Bonaire ha sido realmente dichosa y amena, no solamente por
el buen trato que de los natives he recibido, sino tambi6n por el calido ambiente y
excelente desempefio de cada uno de los miembros del equipo que en el hospital
labor. Tambi6n, la responsabilidad es mayor al no tener la posibilidad de consultar
con colegas acerca casos complejos pero Dios nos ha dado la sabiduria para tomar la
mejor decision."
Como parte del desarrollo que Bonaire present actualmente, el Dr. Gonzalez
hace remarque sobre los cambios que se esthn presentando en el Hospital. NuciL os
equipos esthn llegando al hospital que facilitaran el trabajo y evitaran la salida de los
pacientes a otros lugares. Este aspect serh de gran advance no solamente para el de-
sarrollo del hospital sino ademis para el bienestar de los pacientes, ya que el hecho
de salir de las costas de Bonaire represent un alto riesgo para su salud. Ademis
especialistas en diferentes areas vendran a prestar sus servicios en el hospital, que
suplirin necesidades que el hospital present actualmente."
Vislumbrando un future brillante y teniendo como misi6n prestar un servicio
abnegado y responsible el Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez es un ejemplo de lo que signi-
fica vivir dedicado a servir con amor. Que privilegio contar con su presencia en este
lugar! U Ivdn Selassa

ST o work with loyalty and
I devotion to the service of
.. someone or something" is probably
s ithe best definition of what it means
L si ( V to serve. Since this action implies
responsibility and a total commit-
ment to the carrying out of a spe-
cific task, it's not always easy to
find people dedicated to this par-
ticular labor. However, we have the
privilege of having with us a per-
son whose motto of life is this.
I'm glad to have the opportunity
to serve in Bonaire," were the
words of Dr. Miguel A. Gonzhlez,
the senior surgeon of the San Fran-
cisco Hospital.
Dr. Gonzhlez, a native of Bar-
quisimeto, Venezuela, completed
his undergraduate studies at Los
Andes University (ULA) where he
earned the general practitioner di-
ploma. Afterwards, he worked in
the Adventist Hospital of Vene-
I zuela, where he served as a sur-
A. Gonzdlez geon after finishing postgraduate
studies in Surgery at the Lisandro
Alvarado University (UCLA), Venezuela. Additionally, he has worked in the Costa
Ortiz Clinic, an organization where he was emergency coordinator for five years and
specialist surgeon for 30 years. He also worked at the Social Security Hospital, "'Dr.
Pastor Oropeza," the Venezuelan Red Cross and at the University Hospital, "Dr.
Antonio Maria Pineda," all of them in Barquisimeto.
In his training as a surgeon he recognizes as a blessing the opportunity of growing
under the shadow of two masters who were his guides and inspirations: Dr. Daniel
Gonzalez Sanchez (uncle, professor at the Lisandro Alvarado University (UCLA),
Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and founder of the Adventist Hospital of Venezuela) and
Dr. Antonio Rodriguez Cirimelle (Surgery professor and owner of the "the Gold
Scalp" title in Venezuela).
In 1992 Dr. Gonzhlez completed graduate studies, specifically in the laparoscopy
area, at Bella Vista Adventist Hospital in Puerto Rico. He returned to the Adventist
Hospital of Venezuela and thanks to his postgraduate study he initiated laparoscopy
surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy service there. This was the first hospital in
Barquisimeto to offer abdominal surgery by laparoscopy.
Later in 1993 he was selected by a private company for training in a different kind
of pathology (specifically laparoscopy) in the Baptist Hospital of Miami Florida, in
the US.
With 33 years of experience, Dr. Gonzhlez feels blessed to be able to serve in Bon-
aire, where he began to work on December 14th, 2008. After a meeting with the hos-
pital board of directors he agreed to be a substitute surgeon job for a month. But the
plan that was supposed to be for one month, became two years. "I'm here because of
God's grace, as I had plans to work in another place, but God had other plans for
me, and I feel happy to serve where he considers it better for me to do so. Many
people have asked me about how I got here, but my answer has always been the
"The experience in Bonaire has been really enjoyable and pleasant, not only be-
cause I have been well treated by the natives, but also because of the pleasant work-
ing environment and the excellent performance of every member of the team who
works in the hospital. It also represents a higher responsibility because there isn't
the possibility of asking the opinion of colleagues about complicated cases, but God
has given us the wisdom to make the best decision."
As part of the current development that Bonaire is facing, Dr. Gonzhlez points out
the changes that are occurring in the hospital. Ni~\\ equipment is arriving at the
hospital that will facilitate the work and will avoid patients having to move else-
where. That will be an advancement not only for the development of the hospital
but also for the patient's welfare due to the fact that having to leave the coast of
Bonaire represents a higher risk for a patient's health."
"Additionally, specialists in different areas will be coming to work at the hospital,
and that will surely help to supply the current needs of the hospital."
Envisioning a bright future and having as a mission "to give a dedicated and re-
sponsible service," Dr. Miguel A. Gonzhlez is an example of someone living by
being committed to serve with love.
What a privilege to have him in our island! U Story & Photo Ivdn Selassa

The Reporter is continuing its commitment to publish articles in Spanish for our readers. Spanish is a first language for about 20% ofBonaire's population

Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010

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*S billuE Mr 1,3 9- Pa bkl a MassE

S was born in Aruba where
I my father worked for
Lago refinery. In 1977 I went to
study Judicial Social Work at the
Catholic Social Academy,
'Markendaal,' in Breda, Holland.
In my third year I worked as a
trainee on Aruba and Curaqao in
the after care of prisoners and in
the penal system. I returned to
Holland in 1980, rounded off my
fourth year, then I started work-
ing as a social worker in 'De
Koepel' prison in Breda.
In 1988 I did directors training.
Since the time I started high
school I'd wanted to do some-
thing in the penal system. I
thought about becoming a law-
yer, but I found that too dry. I
wanted a combination of practice
and theory. It's great! Ha ha ha!
What a sadist...but okay, I fol-
lowed the director's classes and
went to Aruba to become the
director of the prison and there I
set up KIA Correctional Insti-
tute Aruba.
At the end of 1992 I became
the chief acting director of deten-
tion issues at the Penal Institution
Maastricht and I worked there
until the first of January, 1999.
By the end of that time I'd been
scouted by a recruiting firm look-
ing for a director for an institu-
tion for homeless women, the
'Rita Home.' I had been working
in the penal system for 20 years

and I thought, 'If I want to make
a change, I have to do it now,
because I've become so inte-
grated into the penal system that
I will never be able to get out
It was a most wonderful chal-
lenge. The institution was so
much locked up in itself and des-
perately needed an upgrading.
Women had been living there for
very long periods of time with
very little perspective. So we
began to coach them in looking
for work within their capabilities
and we mediated in their search
for a job. Then the Rita Home
merged with other social crisis
Because of this fusion and the
collaboration with the Mental
Health Care Eindhoven and Sub-
stance Abuse Care Novadic, we
saw the same clients repeatedly,
so we decided to start a crisis
center involving the staff of the
three institutions which would be
open 24-7. This crisis center,

called 'Portaal 040,' opened its
doors in 2003 and I was involved
as the care manager from the
very beginning. It was mighty
great! Also, it was unique for
The Netherlands as this concept
where three organizations
worked so close together under
one roof was unknown. When I
did my Master's Personal Lead-
ership Innovation and Change
- it was based on the concept of
'Portaal 040.'
Then I became interim manager
for Beniers Advice Group, doing
consultancy in the management
field and I worked as a manager
for youth care and care for dis-
abled people."
Miss Hassell is an outstanding,
first class professional and a
very dynamic lady. She's also fun
and a people's person. She's
patient and she's kind and ex-
tremely smart. And after talking
to her for quite a while there's
one word that stands up: Re-
"December 29t, 2008, I saw
where there was a vacancy for a
director for the prison on Bon-
aire. The application date had
already passed! Ha ha ha! But I
thought, 'I'll give it a try!' Dur-
ing the first week of January
2009 I got the message that they
would include me in the applica-
tion procedure because I had so
much expertise in so many dif-

ferent fields, especially in the
management field. I know the
penal system in The Netherlands
and on Aruba and I am familiar
with both cultures so I do have
a lot to offer. Another chal-
lenge... I love challenges! I
wanted to put my teeth into it! I
didn't know Bonaire, I'd only
been here twice for a weekend,
but I wanted to go for it!
You don't see a lot of women
in leading positions in the penal
system, not even in Holland. So,
it was quite exciting, especially
because the institution on Bon-
aire is rather small and I was
wondering how the staff was
going to handle it, but I was ac-
cepted from day one. When I
heard one of the employees tell-
ing another colleague, 'E ta un di
nos' 'she is one of us' -I
thought, 'I'm okay!'
I do have a lot of respect for the
old team, my Bonairean col-
leagues, who worked on their
own till 2008, heavily under-

staffed, but still,
they managed.
After the
Commission for
Torture for Hu-
man Rights
brought out a
very negative
report in 2008
concerning the
prison on Bon-
aire, Holland
was consulted
and the penal
judicial system
came to Bonaire
and started to
renovate the
institution. The K
detention facili-
ties had to be
upgraded to an international
level. Also, extra personnel were
flown in from Holland every six
months to support the staff and
do on-the-job training twinning
- to upgrade the institution.
We went from 52 to 76 deten-
tion places. A block of 10 cells to
house arrestees will be put into
use in March. We also have iso-
lation cells. At the moment we're
housing two people in one cell.
Until a while ago we only had
two regimes: the house of deten-
tion where offenders with a pun-
ishment of minimal one year
were housed, and the prison
where people are serving long-
term punishment. Six months ago
we put the youth ages from 13-
21, separate. In my opinion it's a
bad idea to mix youngsters with
adults. But there's one exception.
When they're playing sports,
especially soccer, we do mix
them and it's fun for everyone.
Boys in their puberty get into
all kinds of things. They want
what other people have. Some
kids can handle it; others can't.
The role of the parents is very
important, but then there's the
outside world, the society, the
friends. We should have altera-
tives for youngsters, because
punishment is one thing, but in
prison we should also provide
professional education. Com-
pared to Holland, punishment
here is quite severe, but then,
there are no other alternatives.
That's why I want to go the extra
mile for the youngsters; we're
going to bring more structure
into the education and they are
getting more attention from the
personnel and I do see things
changing. Six months ago I
would never have thought these
kids could play Zwarte Piet for
the children of the prisoners dur-
ing Sinterklaas!
Well, which ever way you want
to see it we are a prison, but by
offering humane detention and
insisting on a respectful treat-
ment from the staff towards the
prisoners and vice versa you

Patricia in the office
Patricia in the office

Patricia Hassell "on the job"

see a turn in behavior. We are the
ones setting the bounds, but we
keep communicating and I think
it's important when a member of
my staff who writes a report is
present when the report is being
dealt with in the presence of the
prisoner because both of them
have to deal with each other
every day.
At this moment we're housing
45 prisoners, and we're aiming at
having 60 warders. We do have a
collaboration agreement with the
prisons on Curaqao and St.
Maarten and we will always help
each other out. Now we have a
psycho-medical team, a perma-
nent male nurse and a house doc-
tor. We also have a special care
department for prisoners with
psychiatric, psychological and
social problems. Besides that
we're starting up a ward for pris-
oners with behavioral problems.
We are trying to put as many
multi-functional places as possi-
ble in this little square that that
we have. Here, we only house
men, but when I get a woman in
(they were either transported to
Curaqao or they had to wait for
their hearing) I will have to cre-
ate some space within the institu-
When you see the line of my
career what is it I can offer
people (without being arrogant
about it)? How do you show peo-
ple their opportunities instead of

their limitations? I think in the
penal system you have to create a
climate that's as reasonable as
possible and within the limits for
prisoners who have to serve 20 to
30 years. That's all you can do,
but which ever way you see it,
we're always talking about peo-
This week I will be 55. All my
family is in Holland, but here the
people made me feel at home. I
really hope to stay here for years
to come! When I don't work I
read and read and read, true sto-
ries I love it! For a long time
I've been reading about African
women and now I am into Bal-
dacci, crime stories! But I also
like to go out, mingle with peo-
ple and live the life.
I am proud of my work, I am
proud of the staff, of my person-
nel, because we are doing it to-
gether. There's one more thing...
I do hope I won't see an x-
amount of people back, because
then I will feel we've won some-
thing!" U

Story & photos by Greta

Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010

"That's why I want to go the

extra mile for the youngsters;

we're going to bring more struc-

ture into the education ..."

Page a


Some of you might
remember about
two years ago, in Janu-
ary 2008, I wrote an
article about our music
and the music school.
And today, nearly the
end of 2010, we've
made little progress.
As most of us know
music is part of our
culture, a way of ex-
pressing life. Some
artists, as they sing and
flow with the music,
color their world
with a lot of nice
experiences. We
have very nice
and smart kids,
gifted with good
voices and talent,
so do not let them
go to waste.
In February
2011, Mrs.
Emma Sint Jago
together with
the Foundation
Art and Culture
will organize a
Duo Fest, which
we haven't had
for a long time on
Bonaire. If you

Maribel, Neburney, Nethanja and Javienne
at the music school

Nethanja on piano and Javienne on guitar

have talent and
you can sing, now is your opportunity to
I interviewed Mr. Siegfried Molina
(52), for five years manager and instruc-
tor of the music school. The youngsters
who will be participating in the Duo Fest
are being trained and coached by Mr.
Molina. He explains, "Money is still an
issue. We need money for new instru-
ments. We have a lot of old equipment
that our students are using. And we are
still in the old building, hoping for a new
one. The students need to have their les-
sons in another kind of auditorium. We
need a new building as soon as possible.
We've been waiting for the last five years
for this building to be rebuilt or the music
school to be reopened in a new place.
Now with all the changes we have to wait
until 2012 for our project to be financed.
But the music school needs to keep ex-
isting in 2011 and the students who are
participating for the Duo Fest in February
2011 are in full training. So the local gov-
ernment in its turn must help the music
school and its existence."
Mr. Giovanni Mercera (37), co-worker
with Mr. Molina at the music school,
agreed with him in so many ways and
said, "Definitely this building needs a
new facelift or we need a complete new
building. We have so many projects that
we'd like to accomplish with our talented
kids. Some of them are multi-talented.
Not only can they sing, but they can play
different instruments. Well of course for
these kinds of projects we need funds that
we don't have at this moment. We need
more music teachers and an audio studio
for recording. The audio studio can be
used by all musicians who'd like to re-
cord here on Bonaire.
Page 6

On December 19th at the Plaza Re-
sort we'll have a program from 2:30 to
5 pm at the Plaza where our kids from
the music school will play Christmas
songs together in a band. Entrance is
free. Parents and the whole Bonairean
community can come and enjoy the
performance of these children of what
they learned at the music school."
I interviewed also one of the Duo Fest
talented singers, Miss N6thanja Bendt
(19). She is also the vocalist coach for the
students participating in the festival.
She said, "Music is part of my life. I
was born into a family of musicians. My
mother is a music teacher and a very tal-
ent musician. My father is a singer, my
grandfather is a singer and played guitar
and cello. I like to sing and play instru-
ments, but what I like to play most is the
piano. As soon I heard about the Duo Fest
festival in February 2011 I immediately
wanted to be part of it. I know we have a
lot of talented children in Bonaire and I
have a few suggestions for them. If you
can sing, don't be afraid to do it. Be brave
and share your gift. We never have any-
thing for our youth on Bonaire, parents
are always complaining, but now is the
time for our youth to find their true col-
ors. Other issues that is holding our chil-
dren back are religion and school. Of
course we have to acknowledge our
school and religious obligations before
we engage in any entertained activities,
but we never have to close our eyes or
ears to the opportunity our youth have to
express themselves. Parents have the obli-
gation also to help their children achieve
their goals in life by working on their

(Continued on next page, page 7)




S teelpan is a musical percussion in-
strument, originating in Trinidad and
Tobago, made from 55 gallon drums that
usually store oil.
The fact that Trinidad produces oil means
that there was a continual supply of oil
The Trinidad All Steel Percussion Or-
chestra (TASPO) was the first steel band
whose instruments were all made from
oil drums. The pan is struck by a pair of
straight sticks tipped with rubber.
The music that came out of the pan was
the music of the poor and was not consid-
ered respectable in the early 1930s. In
time, the steel drum gained respect and
today the groups range from small groups
to huge orchestras. They perform any-
thing from classics through jazz and ca-
lypso, and the music has spread across
the world. But the home of the steel drum
is still Trinidad where there are over 100
steel bands in the country and their great
showcase is Carnival.

Jody's Music Quiz

Last week's answer: The big hit of "The
Merrymen" was "The Big Bamboo."
This week's winner is Jan-Willem van
Dijk! He can pick up his free CD at
Jody's on Lagoen Hill #18.
This week's question:
Bonaire has its own Steel band.
What is the name of this Steel
Please send your answer to:
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The winner of this week's contest will be
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M any years ago when fanning was
common on Bonaire there were
no city limits. A kunuku near Kralendijk
(Playa) was tolerated just because there
were not as many homes and businesses
as there are now. Even today you still see
goats roaming through the streets of
Kralendijk and the suburbs. Goats don't
even seem to be bothered by the traffic
and they also seem to know where they
are going, even after their bellies are
filled, usually around the same time of

Any idea why this is?

Answer on page 19

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column or 3 x 3 region. An-
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9 4
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Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010

Body Talk


By now, we have covered
quite a bit about calcium
and the problems associated
with the absorption of calcium.
You have also (hopefully!)
checked your own saliva for a
possible deficiency (foamy),
but let us talk a bit about some
of the symptoms associated
with a calcium deficiency.
Bone, nerve and connective
tissue weakness can be a direct
result of poor calcium utiliza-
tion, resulting in hemor-
rhoids, varicose veins, wrin-
kles, hernias, aneurysms and
prolapsed conditions of the
bowels, bladder and uterus.
Secondly, thyroid/parathyroid
weakness (hyperactivity) low-
ers or blocks proper calcium
utilization. If you are of the
age of 40+ (and have foamy
saliva), please have your thy-
roid checked and stop supple-
menting with a calcium that
your body cannot utilize!
Thirdly, phosphorus, calcium
and magnesium must be in bal-
ance with each other for proper
tissue function, growth and
repair. Why do these three
minerals have to be in balance?
Easy. Calcium and magnesium
are your alkaline forming min-
erals and phosphorus your acid
forming mineral. Over-acidity
due to your diet will cause a
huge loss and even deplete your
body of those alkaline miner-
als! Do you know exactly
what is in that supplement
you're taking? High calcium
supplementation will push out
or deplete your phosphorus
Common sources of calcium
are kelp, sesame seeds, dark
leafy vegetables (the local spin-
ach is excellent!), carrots, or-
anges, almonds, papaya, sun-
flower seeds, walnuts, cashews,
Brazil nuts, brown rice and
most fruit and vegetables.
However, most (some!) of us
include in our diet coffee,
teas, soda drinks, marijuana,
excess salt, cigarettes, refined
sugars, alcohol and chemical
diuretics that "pull" calcium out
of bones and tissue!
Now to get back to what to
look out for when buying sup-
plements containing calcium.
Make sure the supplement con-
tains the following -
Calcium Phosphate
Iron Phosphate
Potassium Phosphate
Magnesium Phosphate and

Calcium: Not only
for your bones
Sodium Phosphate
There is however, an excel-
lent product on the market that
contains calcium orotate, com-
bined with magnesium orotate.
This combination can pass
through cell membranes easily
without breaking apart so that it
can get to where it is need most
- the joints, tissues and carti-
lage, instead of being flushed
out of your system before they
can be absorbed. So, if your
diet includes any, all or just
some of the "naughties", sup-
plement responsibly! If you do
not, your pocket will suffer
along with your body!
I personally work with about
five different forms of calcium,
depending on correcting a spe-
cific (and tested for) imbalance.
However, taking good calcium
supplementation will let you
continue with your current diet
and lifestyle GOOD or BAD!
We are only human, and often
it is easier to "take a pill" than
to address important issues re-
lated to your diet and lifestyle.
Who knows, perhaps you too
will make a new year's resolu-
tion for better health. Will it be
a new decision or will you re-
peat the same one you made
last year?
Remember, if you keep on
doing what you have been do-
ing, all you'll get is more of
what you've been getting!
To each and every one of you,
thank you for your support, and
may the Christmas Season be
filled with love and laughter
and forgiveness! a
Stephanie Bennett

Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape
Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs,
minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bon-
aire she continued her studies in the UK and
now researches Bonaire health issues. She is
the owner of the Essence Nutritional Center

Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010


he RCN planner for Health, Youth and
Family, Marga Drewes, and Celia Fernan-
des Pedra and Hans Evers of the Ban Boneiru
Bek Foundation conducted a preliminary inves-
tigation in October into expanding the possibili-
ties for cycling and walking on Bonaire. They
were helped by the ABC Foundation and advice
from the University of Twente.
They interviewed people in government, tourism,
organizations and numerous individuals. They fo-
cused on the role of bicycles in the promotion of
green tourism in Bonaire, promoting the health of
the population through exercise and the contribu-
tion of cycling in traffic flow and safety on the
roads. Although responses were positive about cy-

cling and walking more on Bonaire, the road safety
and congestion appears to be an obstacle.
A solution would be to redesign roads, where
some roads would be primarily for cars and others
for bicycles. In this way, a network of safe routes to
schools, to work and tourist attractions would be
Many other issues emerged that should be consid-
ered when drawing up the bicycle and pedestrian
plan. Some concerns include the safe storing of
bicycles, bicycle and traffic classes, working with
companies and the purchase of bicycles. In the
coming months, the plan will be developed in detail
by a number of student projects on the island. U
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Bonairean Voices (Continued from page 6)
talent. So parents, if your child has any talent in
singing or playing an instrument, don't hold them
On December 19 you have the chance to see the
music school students perform and at the Duo Fest
in February on the Freewinds. If you want to be
part of the Duo Fest festival, contact the music
school or Mrs. Emma Sint Jago or Mrs. Marry Tjin-
A-Tjoe of the Art and Culture Foundation. Miss
Nethanja Bendt said music always brings you to a
place of creativity and makes you feel good inside.
Many of us have had the same feeling. So those

who have the authority to make changes in our
children's lives and give our youth in the music
school what they deserve -
which is a new building and
new instruments-start work-
ing now before it's too late.
The children need you today.
U Story & photos by Siomara
Send your comments to The Bon-
aire Reporter, P.O. Box 407,
Bonaire, or email reporter
Page 7

ity of the pavements of our street
roads (See photos).
It's because of the Pavement S

Savements, asphalt or concr
structures that react to load
stresses. When a load is applied
ment, such as that produced by
heavy truck, this load is distribu
ward through the thickness of tl
pavement and the underlying st

Potholes occur because of stress
by loads that exceed the bearing
the underlying subsoil and caus
This settlement occurs and is ag
what is called "pumping" of the
structure. That is by constant, re
application and release of loads
draws up the humidity of the ur
soil and contributes to the break
Pavements also may fail because
phaltic concrete degrades becau
position was inadequate (See pi
Asphalt pavements must consis
graded aggregates (sand and gr
duce voids and obtain maximum
mixed with the correct proporti
ity of hot-asphalt.
It is totally useless to repair a pa
that is poorly designed and/or c


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Potholes-Penny Wise

Dollar Foolish

e recent and, therefore, incapable of sustaining the
avy down- stresses it is subjected to as caused by re-
urs have peated passage of heavy traffic.
rde evident To get an idea of what is meant by "bearing
Spoor qual- capacity" go to http://bonairereporter.com/
ets and potholesdetails.pdf
The pavement of most roads and streets in
structure. Bonaire, except those of recent design and
construction (such as those in Sabadeco),
ete, are are only 3 to 4 cm. thick. Furthermore, no
s and care was taken to control its permeability
I to a pave- by using properly graded aggregates. So
transit of a potholes shall keep recurring, no matter
ited down- how many times the government deploys
he asphalt "patch-up" brigades.
rata. In general, potholes are being repaired us-
ing a cold asphalt mixture where only com-
ses caused pacted hot asphalt mix should be used.
Capacity of Sadly, the asphalt recently used to patch up
g capacity of
potholes is of such poor quality that it is
e it to settle. .
e it t setedismembering only a few days after being
gravated by applied, and the patched-up potholes are
epeate actively reviving.
, which So, how productive is it to continue to
.ying patch up the holes of those poor quality,
S poorly designed pavements of insufficient
-up of the thickness with no crushed rock sub-base? If
Repaired today the potholes shall come back
;e the as- .
se its with a vengeance to haunt us next year and,
use its com-
in the best case, the streets shall become
hoto #4).
oto # 4. increasingly "bumpy" as a result of these
Avel) o- repeated repairs (See photos #3).
vel) to re- Let's stop pouring money into this bottom-
less pit (no pun intended) and start to re-
on and qual- place those bad pavements with well-
vement designed, well-constructed pavements,
avmntt curbs or sidewalks. In the long run it will

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# 3 Patch-up

probably turn out to be cheaper and shall,
certainly, improve the image of our island
and of the government that undertakes such
a project. U
Story & photos by Benito Aranguren, Civil

# 2 Potholes

# 4- Degradation

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Europe For
Kid Freestylers
Ird r!i.il' ii'in.i. Fun Board Class As-
..I n ho totally supported this
. ri!..'l .I [ invested some time
St1ml, the concept, creating a few
!..uc logo, awebsite, a judging
Lnim and so on. A few months
..!l! a meeting was being set up at
lic IFCA headquarters in Gent,
i i um, including a judging semi-
*n- Vith IFCA President Bruno De
o ne!c aeker and EFPT (European
i cc I c Pro Tour) Race director
S I !!. i i.ltmann. People from Italy,
S'ci. .- France, Holland and Bel-
gium attended the seminar where
we and the IFCA President intro-
duced the Kids Tour ideas and con-
I was sure that this concept was
needed as it's hard, because of the
veteran Bonaire Windsurfing expense, for kids to go on tour and
Pro Ruben Petrisie has compete against the radical free-
d to start something big in the style gurus. Windsurfing is expen-
surfing world. He says, "The sive and less accessible compared
IT (European Freestyle Pro to skateboard, kiting, and surfing.
Tour) was created after an Just imagine if in the next years
hat was being spread via fewer and fewer kids start to prac-
s between a few main wind- tice this sport.
Industry brands and members Now the young ones no longer
end of the 2009 season. After have to wait for years to go on fun
Pro Kids events around tours and events where they can
)e the request for a Euro Kids meet and connect with kids from
came up from a few event their own age groups. On this tour
izers. I also received emails we also provide informational days
e Turkish Sailing Federation if the event's schedule and forecasts
se of my influential issues in allow so, where the kids will learn
)untry's windsurfing industry how to become more pro active
ay connections with the IFCA. from an early stage on towards the
er sharing some emails, ideas start of a professional windsurfer's
ioughts I decided to help out lifestyle. And of course we always
et up this concept under the do include fun activities.
)f both, the IWA International Bonaire's PWA new kids on the
surf Association and the IFCA

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block, Youp Schmidt and Bjom
Saragoza, who competed and won several
Pro kids events on national and interna-
tional levels both already have a few
World Champion titles in their pockets.
Bonaire has a well known reputation on
the global freestyle scene and I would
like to advise more locals to keep practic-
ing the sport. I want them to know that
they are welcome to join our tour as they
also could grasp the Euro title in Pro Kids
Freestyle without a doubt.
Those who are interested could simply drop
me an e mail: infoALrubenpetrisie.com You
will be updated on our next tour updates
and news. http://
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Tour/110641452303605." IRuben Petrisie

he Lions Club in asso-
ciation with the Aq-
uaspeed Club organized a
day of sailing and windsurf-
ing competition.
Results of the 28 November
Optimist C
1 place Knut Pedersen
2 place Oscarino Craane
Optimist B
1 place Arnold Wilsoe
2 place Merijn van Dongen
3 place Max Witten
Optimist A.
1 place Constrantijn Botterop
2 place Niels van Eldik
Sunfish B
1 place Dick de Jong
2 place Manu Huiskamp
3 place Pursey Prudensia
Sunfish A
1 place Juan Alvarez
2 place Sipke Stapert
3 place Santiago Alvarez

Windsurf Slalom kids
1 place Jurgen Saragoza
2 place Stepherd Gustowski
Windsurf Slalom Junoirs
1 place Amado Vrieswijk
Windsurf Slalom Men
1 place Elton Taty Frans
2 place Bjorn Saragoza
3 place Jeager Sinr Jago
Windsurf Freestyle kids
1 place Stepherd Gustowski
2 place Jurgen Saragoza
3 place Juendrick Anthony
Windsurf Freestyle Junoirs
1 place Amado Vrieswijk
2 place Aldair Koeyers
3 place Maxime ven Gent
Windsurf Freestyle Men
1 place Elton Taty Frans
2 place Bjorn Saragoza
3 place Hemdryck Balentien

Thanks to the event's spon-
sors and participants. 0
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gathered at the home of \
and Jan Kloos to honor Gielmon
Egbreghts for his dedicated serv
Turtle Conservation Bonaire (ST
eight years, Funchi served as a f
cialist conducting turtle surveys,
ing nesting, teaching Bonaire's y
about the importance of turtles tc
land's environment, and acting a
will ambassador for the organize
It was our pleasure to host the
Funchi," explained Jan Kloos. "]
treasurer for STCB when he was
Funchi considered me his first b
cause I was the one who wrote tl
We quickly became good friend

About this same time, I, too, b
friends with Funchi. Back in 20(
visiting Bonaire for the first time
ist. I was enjoying the day at Dc
Beach when I noticed a tall, inqi
man searching the sand. As he a

preached, he asked, "Have you seen any
turtle tracks today?" Thus, began my
friendship with Funchi Egbreghts. Not
only did he instruct me in the fine art of
finding turtle nests that day, but he also
peaked my interest in sea turtle conserva-
tion. When I moved to Bonaire several
years later, I became an STCB volunteer
and have since spent many days on the
water with Funchi. It is the place where
he feels most at home.

"What we have here is a gift-the reef,
the sea," explains Funchi. "I think it is
amazing. I've spent my whole life with it.
people It is very important for the Bonaireans and
Margreth the conservationists to make this a priority
Funchi to save it. It is not as healthy as years
ice to Sea ago.
:CB). For
field spe-
monitor- Funchi should know. He has a historical
youth perspective that few possess having spent
o our is- years as a fisherman bringing in fish and
is a good- diving for lobster. He was known to even
nation. catch an occasional turtle now and then.
fo But when STCB came calling in 2002, he
party for .
Swa t decided to change careers.
[ was the
oss be- "The transition from fisherman to con-
he checks! servationist was not hard. I have always
Is." loved animals. Other fishermen started
seeing me like the police in their eyes, but
ecame we kept it at a joking level. It was impor-
tant for STCB to have that connection to
the fishermen. Since those early days,
e as a tour- .
Sony things have changed. Now fishermen
uisitive bring me injured turtles so I can bring
them back to health."

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Funchi Egbreghts and lki-.lui\ within Loggerhead Sea Turtle

helping injured turtles, Funchi has been
central to STCB's annual, in-water sur-
veys. Twice a year, turtle counts are con-
ducted. A number of turtles are also cap-

tured and then ID tagged, weighed, meas-
ured and released back to the sea. The
data collected is critical for understanding
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turtle populations over time and making
responsible environmental decisions. But
it is also arduous work. The entire coast-
line of Klein Bonaire and the leeward
coast of Bonaire is surveyed. This in-
volves swimming miles along those long
stretches of reef and sand, looking for
turtles. Additionally, turtles are netted in
Lac Bay where, after the data is collected,
the animals are returned to the bay. Dur-
ing the in-water surveys, Funchi and oth-
ers dive to capture turtles and sometimes
that can be risky.

"The most dangerous part of the job was
diving with a pony tank to great depths of
100 to 120 feet," explains Funchi. "One
time, outside the reef at Lac, I dove down
for a hawksbill turtle at about 120 feet and
started to bring it up. My air ran out at 90
feet, so I let the turtle go. I blew air out
from my lungs the rest of the way up. It
was a very long way to the surface. Also,
during netting, it is easy to get tangled in
the net when trying to bring a turtle to the
boat. There are always risks, but you just
got to live your life."

Funchi has lived his life to the fullest
while working for STCB. The organiza-
tion sent him to a symposium where he
met with others from around the world
doing sea turtle conservation. He visited
other islands such as Puerto Rico's Mona
Island and the Aves and Los Roques ar-
chipelagos of Venezuela. "The turtle
world is big out there." Funchi also
tagged 1,200 turtles and counted nearly
25,000 turtle eggs during his time with
STCB. "That's a lot of counting!"

Even with all that experience, this turtle
expert could still be surprised. "The big-
gest turtle I ever encountered was a male
loggerhead. It probably weighed 400
pounds and was nearly five feet long,"
says Funchi. "He used to hang out on the
east coast near Spelonk. I never named
him because every time I saw him, he
scared the hell out of me. I would never
have remembered his name. These turtles
are harmless to humans, but loggerheads
are very curious and this guy was huge.
He would always come very close and
surprise me"

Funchi's favorite times, however, were
those days he spent on Klein Bonaire
looking for turtle nests. This is Bonaire's
prime nesting area, which Funchi simply
refers to as 'my island'. "Walking on the
beach on Klein Bonaire was the best part
of my job. To go look for a turtle nest is
like going to look for a treasure. Even
though you know you are going to find a
track, you don't know where the eggs are.
That's very interesting to discover."

Joining him for many of the nest counts
was STCB volunteer and visiting yachts-
woman, "Red" Berger. For nearly three
years, three times per week, she and
Funchi walked the shores of Klein Bon-
aire looking for signs of sea turtle nests.
"Every time I was out with Funchi, it was
like a nature lesson," says Red. "He
shared all his knowledge from the tiniest
crab to the biggest bird. He taught me
oceans of information. And the kids
loved him too. When he showed them
Klein, they would follow him down the

beach like a pied piper. They hung on his
every word."

Klein Bonaire was also the stage for a
visit from Queen Beatrix of The Nether-
lands several years ago. When she ar-
rived by boat, a short ramp was set out so
that the Queen would not get wet going to
the beach. Funchi had built the ramp for
the occasion. "That part of the visit didn't
go too well," remembers Funchi. "The
bridge sort of broke when she was half-
way down. Luckily, a marine was there
to grab her. Plus, she wore flip-flops so
she was prepared to get a little wet. That
was very clever of her."

The plan was to have Queen Beatrix tag
a turtle as part of the ceremony, but she
hesitated because she thought it might
hurt the animal. Funchi explained to her
that it was no more painful then someone
getting one's ear pierced. He then saved
the day by offering to do the actual tag-
ging while the Queen held his hand as he
operated the tagging pliers. The newly
tagged sea turtle was then named after
one of the Queen's grandchildren. This
event turned out to be the highlight of
Queen Beatrix's visit. "Somebody can
win thousands of dollars in a lottery, but
never meet the Queen," laughs Funchi.
"That was a special experience. Plus, the
Queen held my hand!"

Another event worth noting was the day
Funchi had a guest, a potential founder,
aboard the STCB boat, the Nancy Too,
during a turtle survey. "We found a huge
loggerhead just sleeping on the reef. I
went down to 30 feet three times to pull
him up with no success. I had to get a
second tank since I had run out of air.
Finally, we got him to the boat. He was
big, about 300 pounds. The loggerhead
bit the boat on the way in. My guest was
so afraid of the turtle that he perched on
the far point of the boat's bow, shaking.
But he still wrote the check!"

I will miss those times on the water with
Funchi aboard the Nancy Too. His bad
jokes, infectious laugh and good spirit
were always a lot of fun. Funchi now
plans to spend more time on land, devel-
oping his animal farm kunuku for the
children of Bonaire to enjoy. But he still
is concerned for the island's natural

"I hope that conservation foundations
include locals in their decisions in the
future. Bonaireans have a lot of impor-
tant, local knowledge. They need to be
included and not taken advantage of. It
has to be a fair exchange. It can't be a
one-way street."
Looking back on his eight years with
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Funchi
has mixed emotions. "I will miss the
rhythm, being part of something, going to
Klein, walking the beach. I will miss
those things. But I am very proud of what
I did. I have no
regrets."E .-
Written by Pat-
rick Holian for
Sea Turtle Con-
servation Bon-
aire, STCB Pho-

S he International 20
only church on the island C
that has all its services in
English, is reaching its 3--
final push of NAf 20.000
in building their new "
church across from Madiii.
Bank in Hato. The budget Church me,
was set for NAf 200.000,
plans were obtained from a local architect
and construction was started last year. As
the church building progressed, so did the
membership. Enthusiasm is high among its
membership, and the church building is
85% complete, thus far without a loan.
Since the membership started so small, it
took a lot of creativity to think of ways to
raise the money necessary for construction.
A local egg farmer donated his manure pile
to the cause and the church members,
mostly kids, pitched in and filled bags
which were sold to all the local gardeners
on the island, who know that chicken ma-
nure is the best fertilizer on earth.
Many English speaking tourists who find
the church on the island are using it as their
center of worship while on Bonaire, and
they have been one of the largest contribu-
tors to the building fund. Many of the local
merchants have a promotion of their busi-
nesses called Fun Miles. Customers who
buy from these merchants are awarded
points on their Fun Mile cards and the
points can be redeemed for additional mer-
chandise. Many of the members are now
converting their points to the church card,
and the church is using it to purchase build-
ing material from the local merchants. The
Island Government has decided in January,
to go to the US Dollar and so the month of

nbers Michael Gaynor and Donna Gassert
December has been set aside to convert the
local island guilder to dollars. It was sug-
gested by one of the church members to
build a box, and knowing that many people
unload their pockets at bedtime and keep a
change bowl near their bed, ask those who
are interested in putting their guilder
change from their little bowl into the spe-
cial box seen in the picture. Michael
Gaynor, along with others, built the box to
resemble a church building and had it
painted by local artist Janice Huckabee to
collect all guilder change and apply it to the
building fund. Michael is in the process of
the big change dump, and standing by is the
bean counter, Donna Gassert, looking on
and adding her expertise to the occasion.
Pastor Baron of the International Bible
Church is thrilled at the progress that has
been made in such a short time and he at-
tributes it all to the blessings God has given
to the church. He is looking forward in the
not too distant future to have the church
open to all who want a special blessing by
attending the services. He
says with God's continu-
ing blessings, the church
will move into its new
building early next year.
MBob Lassiter

Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010

Page 11

Ha rtawn Rea

Some of the Harbourtown Staff Frank Nelissen /Daniglle van Nes /Kees van Dartel/ Iris Mayer
Ben Kooman / Rende van Dartel/Bob Beswerda /Mark ten Hoopen /Marjolijn Eillebrecht

What is in store for Bonaire's economy in
the future? If you ask the folks at
Harbourtown it's increasing prosperity for the
island as evidenced by their modern and efficient
new office on Kaya L.D. Gerharts. The emphasis
on openness and computer displays is refreshing
and can help make the selection of a new home a
pleasant experience. The office even has a bar.

On Thursday, December 9, the new office
opened with an evening blowout party and
reception. The staff was on hand to mingle with the
guests and add to the festivities.
As part of the event a significant donation was
made to Father Ramiro Richards Pentecostal

church, the Baranka di Restorashon (Rock of
Restoration), for its initiative to provide food for
Bonaire's neediest people for the holidays.
Father Richards is often critical of the Dutch for
introducing five "immoral laws" dealing with" gay
marriage, abortion, euthanasia, legalized drugs and
legalized prostitution."
He's said in an interview with NRC Handelsblad
that "The arrival of large numbers of European
Dutch has led to moral decay amongst the island's

The Harbourtown gift to his campaign can prove
that at least some of the new arrivals care about the
welfare of the island's people. G.D.

Drums and Brass punctuated the opening of Harbourtown


Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010

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The island's Bridge
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Winds and weather can . .. the local tide's height and time
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Jos6 Alfredo MIiranda and his
extended dragster bicycle
The 81"of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some
of Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On coursefor 100+

chain at De Freewieler in Kralendijk.
This bicycle shop has several rolls
with tens of meters of new chain. The
rear brake cable also had to be ex-
tended. And again Tio Memo and
Jose found the right parts at the local
bicycle shop. Modem V-brakes are
mounted to stop the front and the rear
wheel. Of course the front brake is
the big stopper. The poison green
sprayed 10-inch wheels kept their
original "Kawasaki color." Slim black
1.75 inch tires are mounted. Chrome
handle bars and a chrome saddle pin
are mounted. Hand grips are black
and produced by Royal Union. The
customized bike looks neat, sleek and
mean. Color scheme is black, chrome
and green.

freewheeled black flash is good.
S" -' Maximum speed and cruising speed
S.depend on the driver. Covering is
something completely different. It
takes one of the three Bonairean
S_ roundabouts to turn right or left or to
S" .. -'.- ....- .turn completely. There is no reverse
mounted. Luckily the seat is mounted
relatively low. On a normal road it
Jose Alfredo Miranda sitting on the unique and sleek dragster bicycle, created takes some time, experience and guts
by Tio Memo. (Photograph: J@n Brouwer) to turn around. This special is
equipped with parts that are essential
Bonaire/Hato black with so called 'Max Primer.' for a bike like this. No lights, no mir-
is name is Jose Alfredo Miranda Then we mounted the rear wheel, the rors, no alarm and no jiffy stand. By
and he lives in the neighbor- front wheel, the steer and the saddle occasion the pedal is
hood of Hato at the corer of Kaya again." used as a side stand. A A \
Groningen and Kaya Den Haag. Jose The four axle mounted side pegs nice and unique bike.
Alfredo Miranda was bor in Cura- came with the original BMX bicycle, Another individual
gao. His age is 12 and he is a pupil of but it takes very long legs to reach the expression of Bo-
the Scholengemeenschap Bonaire rear pegs. Original one-speed sprock- nairean craftsmanship!
(SGB). He is the nroud owner of a ets are used. Tio Memo and Jose Fer- UJan Brouwer

custom made extended dragster bike
with an overall length of 260 centi-

Jose Alfredo has an uncle named "Tio
Memo." Tio Memo has his own
workshop behind the Scholengemeen-
schap Bonaire. It is Tio Memo who
created the extended dragster bike.

Jose says, "We started with a normal
BMX bicycle from the Family Store.
The bike was new and completely
original. Then my Uncle Meme con-
verted it into a stretched vehicle. First
he cut the original frame into two
pieces, then he started welding a con-
struction of new hollow square pipes
between the front end and the rear
wheel. He did a good job on the weld-
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pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NA1f7,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close
and personal with Bonaire's dive pioneer.
The Captain will autograph your copy of
his newest book Reef Windows.

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo cen-
ter present a multimedia slide presenta-
tion about Buddy's House Reef pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Monday -- Touch the Sea -- Dee Scarr,
honored as a member of the Women
Divers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's
Touch the Sea programs of personalized
dive guiding. She presents a unique per-
spective on critters and corals, plus an
updated Bonaire lionfish report, every
Monday she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the

Aquarius Conference Center at Captain
Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290.

Wednesday Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an infor-
mative slide show: Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday in the conference room at
Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290)

MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church intown Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or
796 5681

AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm.
Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15 pm-
All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata at 796-
5591 to find out the evening's location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays,
12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort in Peter Hughes meeting room up-
stairs above the dive shop. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-


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Page 16


Wil Dijkstra Exhibition, Plaza Resort,
until April 1, 2011

Kaminda di Arte (Art Trail) December
19 and every third Sunday of the month
until June 2011, 11 am to 5 pm. Visit artists'
homes and studios. Information: Karel de
Regt: 717-5785 / 788-4477, ka-
rel@flamingotv.net, or Fred v.d. Broek: 788
-2536, fredvdbroek48@hotmail.com

Call For Appointment
Driftwood and Art by Germaine Nijdam,
Kaya Onix 1, Republiek, Santa Barbara. 717
-2203, 786-1714, Email:

Fine Art & Portraits by Renate van der
Bijl, 717-6500, www.renatevanderbijl.com

JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, 717-5246

Jose Atelier, Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Re-
publiek, open Saturdays, 10-3 Tel. 785-6670

mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario
Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am. Services in
Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sun-
day services in English at 9 am; Sunday
evening prayer meeting at Por's home, 7
pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life
Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125

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Divi Divi Air- Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to

Insel Air- The
Dutch Carib-
bean's own inter-
national airline.
Efficiently run, convenient schedules, low fares and
non-stop to Miami.


City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service
and in-store financing too.

Germaine Nijdam's Artwork is internationally
displayed. She is currently specializing in driftwood
furniture and related art pieces.

The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is
Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original
paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and
hand made jewelry created by long-time residents
Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.


Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and
features the true stories of the naming of many Bon-
aire dive sites. A great souvenir as well.


BoCar sells several top brands of cars and provides
maintenance and mechanical and body repair for
your car no matter what brand.

De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.


Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty


All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hemandez.


The Brandaris Cafe is the top-notch, spotless
downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezue-
lan food. Go once and you'll make it a habit.

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. 780-1111 Call ahead
to eat-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book
trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair,
dive computer H.Q.

Dive Friends has four dive schools and two retail
shops so you always get the best deals and assured
of top notch training.

ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Kaya Industria.

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour
too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.

Go Green-Tina Woodley's new shop, in the build-
ing in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful
and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life

Harmony House-Using sci-
rjBl0' IIK ence to find the problem. Us-
L EfL ing natural products to correct
vawrcn Fe pcai the problem.
Also Essence range of herbal
'A teas & handmade soaps. At
Kaya Papa Comes 2

Natural Way Health Store-The place where all
the hard to find natural and healthy products are.
Upstairs from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.


Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.

Paradise Photo in the Les Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints,
slides, items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire's creative video and still photographer
for the wedding or other important events in
your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website
scubavision.info or YouTube


Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
rentals and property manage-
CARIBBEAN HOMES ment. And now Yachts!

Sunbelt Realty offers full real
estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home
or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.

Sunbel ealty

Harbourtown Real Estate
has extensive listing of Bon-
nARBOURyrow aire properties of all kinds.
H r A L E STAT E, They can help sell your Bon-
aire home too. Visit their new

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.


The Storehouse
(Mangazina in Papia-
Smentu) offers Secure Stor-
age For Vehicles, House-
iiGASIA hold Items, Diving And
OMtM" TUM_ Sporting Gear, Business
Files or Inventory. Across
from the northern hotel row.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always


Services N.V.

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?


Warehouse Supermarket
on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned
market with the, largest
selection and lowest
prices on the island.

Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.

BITS (Bonaire IT Services) is tops for Web design/
Graphics, Data Base and E-Commerce, sites Inter-
net Marketing, search engine optimization and more.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor I or II. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Kaya
Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

Join this list of Bonaire's best
businesses. Advertise in
The Bonaire Reporter,
In print and on the Internet

Fortnightly Advertisers in The
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To place and ad
call 790-6518, 786-6518
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Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010

Page 17

L.este rs r
/ g tC t/4 editor


Dear Editor and Publisher:
On behalf of the Classic Music Board
Bonaire, I want to express our gratitude
for featuring our recent and forthcoming
musical events so prominently and posi-
tively in The Reporter. It is only with this
sort of public attention that we are able
to reach many Bonaireans and Bonaire
visitors who will most appreciate the
sorts of musical events that we, through
our sponsors, are able to bring to the
island. We very much appreciate your
support and thank you for it.
I also personally applaud your current
steps to bring a written Spanish voice to
our island. For those of us native English
speakers who have a second language, it
is most likely to be Spanish. But until
now there has been no way for local
Spanish writers to be published for bilin-
gual Anglophones or even for them-
selves. Huzzah for The Reporter! I think
you will very likely reach a new audi-
ence with this approach.


Dear Editor,
As known, local media maintain the
myth that the overwhelming majority of
the Bonairean people is against the
"immoral Dutch laws" which will be
introduced in the framework of the new
status of our island. They just ignore the
fact that less than 1% of the inhabitants
showed for a demonstration against these
As I already have proposed in the past,
during the coming referendum the people
could be asked their opinion about these
laws (separately for the right of women
to abort, right to euthanasia and same sex
marriage). In this way, the costs of the
organization of the referendum would
not be totally squandered.
Jiri Lausman


Dear Editor
The hype is over, the deal is done & the
people have got what they want. Bonaire
becomes the Dutch Caribbean & is about
to say 'ayo' to the NAfl.


P 0o



Les Galeries Shopping Center
(Bordering the parking lot)
1 717-5890 Open Hours:
M-F 8:30-12, 2-5:30 pm, Sat. 9-12
Page 18

Why is it then that so many people feel
like they have just woken up next to a
$10 whore after a night on the town? Is
this to be the end of Bonaire as we know
Over the last few years, Bonaire has been
under attack from all fronts. Mass tour-
ism, the expansion of Cruise Ship num-
bers, development, oil spills, pollution,
reef damage & a rising population. De-
spite all of this, she still stands proud,
like a jewel in the Caribbean ocean defy-
ing her many assailants. Now, her reward
is to be stripped of her identity, currency
& probably her heritage.
How long before Papiamentu becomes
extinct? How long before Rincon is
ploughed into the ground to make way
for new developments? How long before
the reef is destroyed through over-
population & how long before Playa is
just a parade of Western fast-food outlets
& tacky shops. The big question is;
'How long before Bonaire becomes
Every Caribbean island was once a pre-
cious jewel before the West moved in.
Ever since explorers sailed from Europe
& the Americas, we have exploited these
islands and their people. The indigenous
have been enslaved, abused and used in
our pursuit of profit. While foreigners
own hotels, resorts, ocean front mansions
& flash cars, locals still live in wooden
houses, have no public beach & have to
be grateful for the pittance that they earn
as waiters, cleaners & cooks while their
'masters' get rich. The chains may have
gone but the pecking order remains.
I fear for the future of Bonaire. I fear that
the 'Pretty Flamingo' island that
charmed me with its slow pace, its gra-
cious people & its unique landscape is in
danger of being lost forever. I truly hope
that I'm proved wrong.
Tony Bond

"Zwarte Piet" Healed At BonFysio


he "Zwarte Piet" had his share of
bad luck during his arrival on Bon-
aire! While stepping off the boat in the
pouring rain with a lot of presents in his
hands, he twisted his knee. After this inci-
dent he was not able to bear weight on his
leg and even had to walk with crutches!
This could have disturbed the distribution
of the presents on Bonaire! Fortunately

the Piet had a good idea and visited the
therapists of BonFysio now located at the
BonBida Spa. After his treatment and
some tips and exercises he even came
dancing out of the building. Our reporter
was able to shoot some pictures of his
visit and also the dancing Piet who was
able to distribute the presents to the peo-
ple of Bonaire after all! U Press release

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VVith The Reporter- In...

Smokey Mountains of

North Carolina and Tennessee

nce again Bonaire neighbors get together for an amazing trip.
Nadine and Murray Rubin of Florida, Terri and Joel Frazier from Atlanta, and
Karon Breyman from Bonaire did a one week motorcycle trip through The Smokey
Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. The trip was led by Buell Racing Cham-
pion and friend Chris Carr. Pictured here with The Reporter at the famous "Tail of the
Dragon" which has 318 turns in 11 miles (17.7 kilometers). The southern end of the
Blue Ridge Parkway is the highest point in the mountain range, with amazing vistas
and waterfalls.

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or
when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE
BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter,
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Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
cruise tourism from about 50,000 passen-
gers to 250,000 passengers a year.

VMIAMI--The 2011 Atlantic hurricane
season is predicted to be nearly as busy as
the one that just ended, Colorado State
University (CSU) meteorologists predicted
last week. The forecasting team anticipates
17 tropical storms, with nine of those
strengthening into hurricanes
The recent rains have ponds at LV
that hold sewage pump-out water cannot
hold any more so an alternate site at
Porto Spano is being used.

)THE HAGUE--The container-style
cells that are used in Bonaire to lock up
detainees are not inhumane and comply
with all international norms, stated Dutch
Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom
Relations Piet Hein Donner. The Minister
stated this in response to written questions
by Member of the Second Chamber Cynthia
Ortega-Martijn of the Christian Union (CU).
She feared that the container cells would be
The fact that the cells will not be equipped
with air conditioning should not be a prob-
lem, stated Donner. He explained that de-
tention centers in the Caribbean seldom had
air conditioning, but that the wind provides
sufficient cooling. A roof will be placed
above the containers to block the sunshine.
The front and back of the cells will have
bars, not windows, to provides sufficient
cool air. "The open structure fits within the
detention culture in this area and suffi-
ciently guarantees quality of detention,"
Donner said.
See related stories in this issue for more

AMSTERDAM--Among European
cities, Amsterdam has the biggest problem
with congestion. Amsterdammers have the
longest average travel time, 31.5 minutes,
to their work, it was reported last week.
The situation in Amsterdam could be even
worse if The Netherlands was not such a big
cycling country. In Amsterdam, 23% com-
mute to work by bike, compared with an
average of just 2% elsewhere.
There are no statistics on the average
commute time for Bonaire. However,
there is an initiative in Bonaire to make
cycling safer and more convenient. See
story on page 7.

) THE HAGUE--The Dutch Ministry
of Education, Science and Culture
OCW has reserved an additional two
million euros for school facilities in Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The an-

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nouncement was made by Education Min-
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SOn Wednesday, December 15, the
Nawati Foundation will present a
Celebration of the Day of Nort'i Salina at
the Nort'iSalina Centro de Bario, from 10
im the morning to 11 at night, according to
Foundation President Gielbert Alberto.
The program consists of different typical
aspects of the culture of the bario. There
will be presentations of Maskarada, dancing
groups, Mariachi and other musical groups
like Grupo Eso, Krioyo Kids, Grupo Nuevo
Cachimbo, Grupo Bari and Glenn i su Geng.
And, as always, lots of good food and
plenty of beverages. Everyone is invited.

,One of the best festivals on the island, as
only the Rinconeros can do it, is the Rincon
Christmas Marshe, sponsored by the Ko-
mishon Marshe Rincon.
This year it's on Sunday, December 19,
from 2 in the afternoon to 10 in the eve-
ning at the Plasa Commerce in the middle
of town. In honor of the season there will be
entertainment with a krioyo flavor, and
stands selling gifts, food and drinks.

I'An Albert Hein Supermarket is coming
to Bonaire. Dutch businessman Gerard van
Tweel of Holland will be opening an Albert
Hein Supermarket here in Bonaire similar to
the one in Curagao. Economic Deputy Elvis
Tjin Asjoe commented that this investment
in Bonaire shows a very positive action and
confidence in the Bonairean economy. The
date of the opening was not given.

IBeaujolais Nouveau Chateau Cambon
2010 is here! Thanks to Antillean Wine and
Food Company (AWC) the new Beaujolais
is on the island and had its formal introduc-
tion last week. An eagerly awaited event,
every fall in France, at the same exact time,
trucks carrying the new Beaujolais leave the
area to distribute the new young wine to all
of France and the rest of the world.
For the last decade and a half Bonaire has
been on the distribution list and its appear-
ance on the island has always been an excit-
ing happening. One year it appeared on the
Samur as it sailed in to the marina, another
year it emerged from the sea in front of the
old Den Laman restaurant, once it arrived in
Orlando's Bonaire Motorcycle Shop's an-
tique car. This year the presentation was at
El Mundo restaurant.
A limited number of bottles of the fresh
wine is available at AWC. For delivery call
them at 560-7539, email
wine@Aantilleanwine.com or fax 717-2950.
Or stop by their shop on Kaya Industria, just
down the road and across the street from
Warehouse Bonaire.

F- .". .ii...... .j.. :.
bOrphaline Saleh, deputy Director of MCB Bank Bonaire, known for its generosity
to the community, recently made cash donations to all of Bonaire's primary schools.

0During the Kaminda di ,o
Arte this Sunday, De-
cember 19, you will have
an opportunity to visit the
homes of 19 artists on the "One of Bonair
island as they open their be history. The
doors to the public from was erected to sh
11 am to 5 pm. Art in- coming down at
eludes paintings, wood
sculptures, glass mosaics and more. This
Karmindi di Arte will occur every third
Sunday of the month.For the map and route
email Karel@flamingotv.net.

)Don't miss the first Farmers' Market
this Saturday, December 18 from 8 am to
12 noon, behind the Go Green Healthy
Food Supermarket, in front of the church
in Playa. Find Christmas plants, green and
healthy things from the island, gifts.E
G./L. D.

... ... ..

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Why are goats along Bonaire roads?
Because goats were once herded along
regular routes they have grown accus-
tomed to these routes and times, with or
without a herder.

Bonaire Reporter- December 17-31, 2010


E.M. Rijswijk Denturist

Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n
(Near Botika Korona)
New hours:
9 am-12 pm,
2 pm-4 pm

Call For An Appointment 717-2248 or 786-3714


Page 19

Kunuku Kids Show Their Stuff

Merigeni Coffie gave an impressive
tour of the field vegetables

At the rainy ribbon cutting was Deputy James Kroon,
Senaida Janga of Jong Bonaire, Gemar Bernabela and
Edshel Martha ofMata di Fruta.

Heavy rains, leaden skies and soggy mud didn't deter
crowds of people arriving to visit the first "Kunuku Kids"
open house at the "Mata di Fruta" on Saturday, December 4.
Officially called, "Youth on the Kunuku," the group of 35 draws
on the experience of older people, kunukeros and other
professional growers. The kids learn about the nature, agriculture
and culture of Bonaire. They've visited Aletta's Goat Farm,
Wien's Chicken Farm, Green Label, Elijah Fish Farm and the
Butterfly Farm.
It's sponsored by KibraHacha Foundation in cooperation with
Jong Bonaire and the SGB, with funding from AMFO and
Samenwerkendefondsen, and sponsored by Green Label, Kooy-
man and Lovers Ice Cream. At the ribbon cutting, Deputy
James Kroon remarked that it was a delight to see kids doing
something with nature rather than playing with Ipods and video
That Saturday the greenhouse, fruit tree nursery and the field of
vegetables was open to the public and the kids proudly showed
their produce and explained how they raised it. Visitors, clomping
through the mud, saw the wonder of the peanut plant, drank fresh
fruit shakes and ate fruit salad, saw the exhibit of plants and trees
with identification labels and could buy plants to take home..
The pride that the kids showed in their work was impressive.
Was it a success? Absolutely! As Senaida Janga of Jong Bon-
aire says, "This is why I do this. I want the kids to eat more vege-
tables and fruits." And the kids have proved it to themselves that
they can not only grow them but eat them too! For more informa-
tion visit their website (in Dutch). UL.D.

JanJaap van Almenkerk of the KibraHacha Foundation
with "Master Gardener" Maria Koeks ofSoldachi Tours

A proud Kunuku Aid, Zakeesha

The fresh fruit smoothies were awesome!

Don't miss Bonaire's second annual December Holiday Con-
cert on Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 pm at Plaza Re-
sort Bonaire's Cacique Hall. It features local musicians perform-
ing classical European and traditional Antillean music (rhythmical
songs of tumba, krioyo, simidan, bari, walz and danza tradition) -
all "with a taste of Christmas."
Guest keyboardist Felix Faassen will join his father, Hans Odin
Faassen, in a special rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach. Gebby I
Su Streanan, a well-known local band, will play Antillean dances
and Christmas music in classical tradition. The group's leader,
Cabriel (Gebby) Seleh on piano will be joined by Hubert (Ibi) de
Palm on guitar and bass; Roberto (Papachi) Salsbach on kwarta
and bass; Norbert (Norbis) Goyla on wiri, rasp and maraca; and
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SGenaro Anthony, percussion will play conga,
timbaal and company.
Local prodigy pianist Grep Linkels -- just
eight years old -- will perform a piece for four
hands by Fritz Spindler. Bonaire's re-
nowned Silver Bullet Steel Band will perform
a repertoire of instrumental melodies of local
and Caribbean composition. Tutti Frutti, the "Pearls of Rincon,"
will perform a medley of Bonairean rhythmical songs with a special
program for this concert.
Tickets available on line at www.ClassicalMusicBonaire.com
for NAf 30 each; children accompanied by parents, NAf 10.
Tickets may also be purchased at Addo's Books & Toys and
Flamingo Bookstore (Kaya Grandi), and at the reception desk at
Plaza Resort Bonaire. U Press release

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T hat we, as
divers and
snorkelers, can
decrease damage
to corals by using
always the same
entry and exit
points at our fa-
vorite dive sites?
As we enter the
water on our way
to explore the

About 300 people gatheredfor the Bonaire Animal Shelter Auction last Saturday night at
Eddy's at Sand Dollar. NAf 15.000 was collected! Bids were on art pieces, flights over Bon-
aire, meals at restaurants, hotel stays, trip to the National Park... even old dive tags.


sea, we can actually damage corals be-
fore we put our masks on to take a look
around. In our excitement to discover
what lies beneath the waves, we some-
times trample on newly attached corals
that are trying to make a come back in
our shallow waters around Bonaire. Not
so long ago there were lots of branching
corals along the shoreline, but they are
mostly gone now due to a disease that
swept through the Caribbean and Hurri-
canes Lenny and Omar took their toll as
well. Carefully chosen entry and exit
paths can decrease your chances of fal-
ling and creating even more accidental
injuries to the shallow corals. Now there
is something you can do to make entries
and exits less dangerous to you and to the

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So, next time you're out on a dive, re-
member to look for entry/exit markers!
By preserving the reefs, we can ensure
that future generations will be able to
know and love Bonaire for the same rea-
sons we do. U Ian Kroll

Ian Kroll is a junior majoring in Fi. 4 ...
with minors in Mathematics and Literary
Forms, at Vassar College in New York. He
is currently studying at CIEE Research
Center Bonaire and
hopes to become a vet-
erinarian specializing
in marine mammals.
Amongst other things, -
he will ..,~.l- miss the
beautiful island sun
when he is forced to
retuiw harb ft the f'i id

Master of ceremonies Rene, Margon and
model Amada keep things moving

Serious bidders
Not so serious bidders

Pet of the Week

Here's Bonaire Animal Shelter vol-
unteer Sherman, enjoying his work
in the cat cage, especially the part where
he gets to hug the cats like little Priscilla."
It's volunteers like Sherman who help to
keep the Shelter cats and dogs social so
that they make perfect adoptees. Thank
you, Sherman!
Pretty little Priscilla, one of the darling
calico cats, is about a year old. She was
brought in with her siblings because her
owner just had too many cats! Hopefully,
the mom has been sterilized so that that
won't happen again.
As you may know, most calico cats are
female. Just a rare few are male. Calicos
are not a breed; it is a color pattern and
three colors must be present: black, white
and orange. A "true" calico has large
blocks of these three colors. According to
veterinarian Janet Tobiassen, the reason
they are nearly always female is due to
genetics. Coat color in cats is a sex-linked
trait, a physical characteristic (coat color)

related to gender. Female animals have
two X chromosomes (XX), males have
one X chromosome and one Y chromo-
some (XY). The genetic coding for dis-
playing black or orange color is found on
the X chromosome. The coding for white
is a completely separate gene. Since fe-
males have two X chromosomes they are
able to "display" two colors (orange and
black, or variations thereof) and white,
creating the 3-color calico mix. Since
males have only one X chromosome, they
can only be orange OR black. It is more
complicated than simply having the color
genes -- it is a complex process of domi-
nant and non-dominate genes interacting
on the X chromosomes, but that is the
basis for coat color for calico cats.
Stop by the Shelter on the Lagoen Road
to meet all the healthy and very social
animals. They're open Monday through
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm.
Tel. 717-4989. Website:
WWW.Bonaireanimalshelter.com. e
Laura DeSalvo

Students at CIEE Research Center 1"'17 .... .. .. J' *K-
(www.cieebonaire.org), in collaboration
CIEE photos
with STINAPA, have been placing yel-
low rocks at dive sites to mark entry and
exit sites. The locations of the rocks at
entry/exit areas have been selected using
scientific methods to determine paths uthati
will cause the smallest impact on the sur-
rounding marine life and are safest for
the divers. The rocks are currently in use :I -
at several sites along the leeward side of -- "
the island, including 1000 Steps, Andrea .
II, The Lake, Hilma Hooker, Angel City, -'-I -
Alice in Wonderland, Salt City, Invis- '- -
ibles and Red Slave. CIEE hopes to mark -. "
more sites in the future as a service to the ..
community and will need help from you -
to let us know if conditions change so .
that the best entries/exits will be updated k,- -
following storms E.

"Pris illi "' with volunteer Sherman I

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For December 2010

Get Ready for Next Weeks
You Won't See Another

On ,
day morning,
21st, the full
Moon will
pass through
the shadow of
the Earth and S
produce a
total eclipse of
the Moon. The
next total lunar
eclipse that we
can see won't
happen until April 15, 2014. This lunar
eclipse will be on the same day as this
year's Winter Solstice. During totality the
Moon will be above Orion the Hunter
and surrounded by the brightest stars of
Let's imagine that we're out in space
looking at our Moon, Earth and Sun. Now
moonlight is really light from the Sun
reflected off the Moon and back to our
Earth. One half of the Moon is lit up by
the Sun at all times, although the only
time we see the half of the Moon that is
completely lit up is when we have a full
Moon which occurs every month when-
ever the Moon is directly opposite the Sun
as seen from Earth. Now usually when we
have a full Moon the Moon is either
above or below the plane of our Earth's
orbit and passes above or below the
Now occasionally the full Moon will
glide directly into the plane of our Earth's
orbit and will pass directly through our
Earth's shadow, which will block most of
the Sun's light from reaching it. In other
words, our Earth's shadow will eclipse
the light of the Sun, which is why we call
such an event an eclipse. But during a
total lunar eclipse the Moon never com-
pletely disappears and always turns some
unpredictable shade of reddish orange.
And that's because the red rays of sunlight
are bent by our Earth's atmosphere into
our Earth's shadow, filling it with a faint
reddish orange light. So during a total
lunar eclipse the reddish orange Moon
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.he sunrises and sunsets around the world
Seeing bent, into our Earth's shadow and
anto the Moon and then reflected back to
Earth again.
Now if we look closely at our Earth's
shadow cone we would see that there are
two distinct parts to it. A pale outer
shadow called the penumbra and a
smaller inner, dark shadow called the
umbra. When the Moon is in the penum-
ara the eclipse effect is not very notice-
able. So I suggest you start watching
when the Moon begins to enter the um-
bra at 2:32 am Sky Park Time. As time
passes, the umbra, our Earth's circular
shadow, will slowly creep across the
VMoon and gradually darken it and cause it
.o change color. The Moon will be within
.he umbra and totally eclipsed for an
hour and 13 minutes.
But this year as a bonus during totality
you'll see the Moon in the middle of the
Winter Hexagon. The closest bright star
to the red Moon will be the red star Betel-
geuse in Orion. Not much farther away
you'll find the red star Aldebaran, the
menacing eye of Taurus the bull, the
constellationn that is hosting this lunar
eclipse. Nearly overhead is the pair of
stars named for the twins of Gemini,
Castor and Pollux. Off to the left of the
Moon is Procyon. Then, well down to the
left of the Moon will be the brightest star
in the night sky ,the dog star Sirius and
:losing the Winter Hexagon, Rigel in
Drion. So pray for clear skies Tuesday
snoring, the 21st.
Dean Regas, Cincinnati Observatory

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ARIES ar. 21- April 20) Relatives may
be less than easy to deal with. It's time to
make professional changes. Don't hesitate
to voice your opinions at a group meeting;
however, keep your thoughts to yourself at
home. Concentrate on work. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Wednes-
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't
lament to a friend about any grievance
regarding your mate, or it may be hard to
rectify your relationship. You are apt to
meet someone special on your journey.
You must not let others talk you into doing
things that will probably limit you finan-
cially at a later date. Use your inventive-
ness to find solutions. Your luckiest events
will occur on a Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Emotional
partnerships may develop through projects
you initiate. You can bet that situations
will get out of hand if you allow others to
interfere. Don't gamble unless you can
afford to lose. You are best to ask ques-
tions if you aren't certain about issues that
are confronting you. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't
overindulge in anyway. You may find that
your plans will cost a little more than you
had expected. Difficulties may be encoun-
tered while traveling in foreign countries.
Be cautious while traveling to foreign
countries. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can mes-
merize anyone you meet with your cul-
tured attitude and outlook. You are better
off visiting friends or relatives than enter-
taining at home. Use your added discipline
to get what you want. Pamper yourself; the
self esteem it brings you will be most
gratifying. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your high
energy must be directed into productive
goals, or frustrations will occur. Mingle
with those who have similar interests, and
you should be able to start something. The
emotional state of peers may cause a prob-
lem for you. Don't overspend on friends or
children. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You're on

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the right track and you can make money if
you are willing to go out on a limb. You
can expect insincere gestures of friendli-
ness this month. Changes regarding your
career direction will payoff handsomely.
Someone you live with will get angry if
you are neglecting your duties. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Tues-
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Emo-
tional up and downs have caused doubts in
your personal life. Try not to let relatives
or friends cause any friction with your
mate. Money may slip through your fin-
gers. Emotional upset may prevail on the
domestic scene if you have neglected your
duties or your mate. Your luckiest events
will occur on a Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec.
21) Offers of joint ventures are likely.
Don't spend too much in order to impress
others. Before you proceed be sure to talk
your plans over with those they will affect.
Don't expect support from your mate.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Se-
cret affairs may only cause complications
in your life. If your lover tries to curtail
your freedom, it may lead to conflict. If it
can make you extra cash, it will be even
better. You should get into some of those
creative hobbies that you always said you
wanted to do. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You
can set your goals and make a beeline for
your target. A day at the beach may satisfy
the whole family. this month will be hec-
tic. You will have original ideas for ways
to make extra money. Your luckiest events
will occur on a Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your con-
cem with older family members and those
less fortunate than yourself will only add
to your attractiveness. Joint ventures might
prove to be unfavorable. Social activity
with friends and relatives will be most
successful. Unexpected romantic connec-
tions can be made if you go out with
friends or take a pleasure trip. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Mon-

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